Mike Freeman holds on to Hennepin County Attorney’s office in tight race

November 7, 2018

Mike Freeman was re-elected as Hennepin County attorney, besting his DFL-endorsed challenger, Mark Haase. It was the first time in 12 years that hes had a challenger. He was coming off what he says have been the most difficult years as county attorney, partly because of his charging decisions regarding fatal shootings by police officers.

I think Ill be a better county attorney for having run again, Freeman, 70, said Tuesday night.

People want a county attorney who can make the tough decisions, but I need to be very diligent in trying to explain why I made them, and to share the facts that I based the decision on, he said. People want that transparency.

Both candidates were focused on similar issues, including reducing the number of low-level marijuana convictions and improving investigations of sex crimes.

Haases campaign had garnered nationwide attention and tapped into a fervor for criminal justice reform.

The campaign is over but the movement is not, Haase said.

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